The current global circumstances have forced many of us to step out of our ordinary routines. We’re at home. Some of us are teaching at a distance for the very first time. Others are looking for resources and activities our students can do while at home To help, the OER Project is introducing two new projects aimed at supporting teachers and students alike. The most important thing to remember, as you dive into the materials below, is that you don’t have to do this alone. Big History Project and World History Project are, above all else, communities of teachers, faculty and scholars focused on teaching history. Join us. We can do this together.
For teachers at home
It ain’t easy right now. We’re at home and so are our students. We are trying to sort through the news to decide what to make of our current circumstances. Then, with little notice, many of us are being asked to reinvent our classrooms online. Yet we’re doing it. To help, we asked a good friend of the OER Project, Ian Usher, to help us make sense of teaching at a distance. There are a lot of excellent online teaching resources out there, but the sheer variety can be intimidating. “So,” we asked Ian, “if we don’t really know what to do, where should we start?” You can find his advice on our blog post Teaching at a Distance: From the Classroom to the Homeroom.
For students at home
Right now, students are living through some capital-H History, and so it has never been more important for them to become historians. But many students find themselves far from their classrooms, without a comprehensive online program to guide their learning. While there is no replacement for excellent in-person instruction, we asked a couple of great teachers we know to post videos each day guiding students through the Big History Project and World History Project courses. If you are looking for something to keep your middle and high school students engaged, we hope this daily, self-service series will help. We will keep adding to these programs in the coming weeks.